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TULSA FUEL AND MANUFACTURING SUPERFUND SITE

 

Page Last Updated April 17, 2018

 

City: Collinsville
County: Tulsa
Site Type: Smelter
Area: 0.1 square miles / 60 acres
Township and Range: NE ¼, SE ¼, NE ¼, Section 31, and SW ¼, NW ¼, Section 32, Township 22 North, Range 14 East
Latitude: 36.34866667
Longitude: -95.84301917
National Priorities List: Final Listing Date - January 1999
Record of Decision: November 2008
Cleanup Oversight Agencies: EPA and DEQ
Lead Agency: DEQ
Office: DEQ, Land Protection Division, (405) 702-5100
DEQ Site Project Managers: Michael Lea, (405) 702-5195
DEQ Press Contact: Erin Hatfield, (405) 702-7119
Current Status: Cleanup completed

Tulsa Fuel

Waste Materials at the Tulsa Fuel & Manufacturing Superfund Site - Tulsa County, Oklahoma

February 2004

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Land Use Restrictions: Deed notices include restriction on capped areas.

Regulatory Profile:
• Sources of Contamination: Nine furnaces, broken retorts, condensers, slag, building debris, ash, bricks, and other smelter waste
• Contaminants of Concern: arsenic, cadmium and lead
• Media Affected: 186,000 cubic yards of waste material

Site History and Background: The Tulsa Fuel and Manufacturing (TFM) site is an abandoned 60-acre former zinc smelter, located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. The former zinc smelter was active from 1914 through 1925 and helped to meet the demands for zinc during World War I. The Tulsa Fuel and Manufacturing site is located outside the city limits of Collinsville on the west side of “old” Highway 169, approximately 1.3 miles south of downtown. The smelting operation used nine furnaces, which were believed to be fueled by nearby natural gas wells. Other primary structures of the smelter included a mechanical kiln, a condenser and a laboratory. A two million gallon capacity reservoir was also used with the condenser room during smelting operations. While active, large amounts of ore were stored on site.

Cleanup History: In 2007 an investigation and evaluation of the Tulsa Fuel and Manufacturing Site was conducted. Remedies for the site were established using the results from the investigation and evaluation. The remedies address current and future residential risks associated with exposure to waste materials. They have also been determined to be cost-effective, permanent and protective of human health and the environment. Cleanup began June 2015 and was completed Fall 2016.  Approximately, 186,000 cubic yards of waste materials was consolidated and capped (i.e. smelter wastes, building debris, ash, bricks, contaminated soil, and contaminated sediment).  DEQ will continue routine vegetation maintenance and groundwater sampling at the site. 

Did You Know? This horizontal retort smelter required a lot of energy and ran primarily on natural gas. In fact, most smelters in Oklahoma were situated close to natural gas reserves for this reason.

Completed Activities: A complete list of site documents can be found at: 

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